Law & Order Albanian refugee jailed for €51,000 Welfare Fraud

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A former Albanian refugee who claimed more than €51,000 in fraudulent social welfare payments has been jailed for six months.

Father-of-three Besnik Vucaj, 49, bought two Italian identity cards from a resident at a former address so he could claim rent allowance and carer's allowance while working with a Dublin construction firm.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard he claimed the fraudulent benefits over four years.

Garda Thomas Burke said it would take Vucaj in excess of 31 years to pay the money back if he continued to set aside €30 a week from his wages.